Yaya Toure’s representative has continued his war of words against the Catalan, calling the ex-Barcelona boss a hypocrite at only at the club for the money
Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk has continued his verbal offensive against Pep Guardiola, accusing the Manchester City boss of labelling his current club a “s*** team” back in 2010.
Guardiola said on Tuesday he would not select Toure for City until the player apologised for Seluk’s public complaints.
The coach had accussed the agent of disrespect when he remarked that the former Ivory Coast international was left “humiliated” by his omission from the Premier League leaders’ Champions League squad.
Far from backing down, Seluk launched a lengthy tirade in response in which he belittled Guardiola’s achievements and questioned his integrity over City announcing his appointment last season while Manuel Pellegrini was in charge.
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The agent continued the theme on Wednesday, claiming that Guardiola – then leading Barcelona – verbally disparaged City when Toure left Camp Nou in 2010.
“When Toure left the club to come to City, Guardiola told him he was leaving to a s*** team,” he told Radio Barcelona.
“Now, Guardiola has come to this s*** team. Guardiola likes money more than football.”
Toure reputedly joined City as the club’s highest earner and scored the winner in that season’s FA Cup final against Stoke City to end their 34-year trophy drought.
Further crucial goals and contributions followed on the way to glory in the 2011-12 and 2013-14 Premier League seasons.
The 33-year-old equalised in the 2014 League Cup final win over Sunderland before scoring the decisive penalty as City reclaimed the trophy at Wembley versus Liverpool this year.
But the current impasse now appears likely to see Toure’s decorated City career end in ignominy as his team-mates prepare to face Swansea City in the EFL Cup on Wednesday.